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post #11 of 16 Old 08-08-14, 01:10 PM
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Re: Bang and Olufsen are they worth the money?

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I believe that in general B&O is more of a status symbol than great home theater gear. Again, they do make some good stuff like Monster and Bose, but overpriced. Just my opinion.

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Thanks Mark.

I sold and serviced B&O from 1979 to 1992 and at times they had some products that were good values like their turntables. That was the exception even then and their focus was always on unique design, not value in a strict performance sense. They would argue that design and art are a value in themselves and since you can't buy anything like it there is no competition.

For their target customer, that argument is apparently valid.




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I remember in the early 90s B&O had a 3 or 4 disc CD player/stand alone audio system that had glass doors that would slide open at the wave of your hand (very cool) and the changer slid up and down. For its size it had nice sound but if I remember it was over $1500
They also had this large (for the time) 27" CRT TV on a stand that swiveled by remote control and had a really good set of speakers built in but also really pricy.

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Thanks Mark.

I sold and serviced B&O from 1979 to 1992 and at times they had some products that were good values like their turntables. That was the exception even then and their focus was always on unique design, not value in a strict performance sense. They would argue that design and art are a value in themselves and since you can't buy anything like it there is no competition.

For their target customer, that argument is apparently valid.
Wow... you mean you worked for them? doing sales as well as the technical? that is awesome.
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I think of B&O as the European Bose.
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Re: Bang and Olufsen are they worth the money?

I have to agree with everyone else on this... B&O is more of a cosmetic status symbol. They have had a lot of innovative ideas, and have always been very stylish, but if you are concerned with the sound you can find much better equipment for the same or less money.

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